Glass centre plan clear hit

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg checked on progress for a £5 million Sheffield project which aims to boost recruitment to the glass industry.

The Hallam MP visited Sheffield Business Park near Catcliffe, the planned base for the new British Glass Academy building which was first announced last year.

The Glass Academy will offer a complete training programme for school leavers who could become future industry leaders, providing apprenticeships, bespoke glass sector courses and professional qualifications.

The creation of a dedicated building will enable the academy to significantly extend its operations, to include mini factories for training, research and development facilities and a dedicated education centre.

It is also the site of the University of Sheffield’s proposed new advanced manufacturing research campus.

Dave Dalton the academy’s chief executive officer, said: “The glass industry is rooted in the work of a Sheffield University department 100 years ago, so it’s fitting that the creation of the British Glass Academy as the hub of glass training in the UK will be based in Sheffield in collaboration with the university.”

Mr Clegg said: “After securing investment for the new academy down in Westminster, it’s hugely satisfying to come back and see shovels starting to go in the ground. Our advanced manufacturing hub is fast becoming the envy of the world.”